Belize is home to a melting pot of cultural and contemporary culinary delights. Tantalizing mixtures of Caribbean spices, African vegetables and even Central American cooking styles can be found throughout the country. Even while living abroad, Belizeans find a way to highlight their culture. Check out what these proud Belizeans are cooking up in Los Angeles and what the LA Times has to say about their food in their “Little Belize” review.
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Sweeten up your weekend with our Banana-Hazel Martini!
Banana-Hazel Martini: Banana, Frangelico Liqueur and Vodka served Martini style.
1 Oz. Frangelico Liqueur
½ Banana (Ripened)
2 Oz. Vodka
3 Cubes Ice
Add ¼ Banana into mixer and liquify. Add 1 Oz. Banana, Frangelico Liqueur, Ice and Vodka into shaker; shake thoroughly – and pour into Martini glass. Garnish with Banana slices or Cherry, Enjoy!
Here at Ka’ana, we grow all kinds of fruits and vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce, arugula, bell peppers, tomatoes and potatoes, as well as hot chiles and spicy herbs. Our fruits are of the tropical variety including bananas, papayas, watermelon, pineapple and local exotic fruits such as mammy apples and dragon fruit.
Most of our fruits and vegetables grow all year round. Carrots grow between August and January while broccoli and cauliflower grow between May and August.
We create our own jams and infusions using the fruits and also pickle the vegetables in-house. Produce from our organic garden is incorporated in all of our recipes at La Ceiba to ensure that our guests are always eating healthily and organically.
1. It’s the end of the world. - The Mayan calendar ends December 21st, better take a vacation! We are taking off $100 each night until then, so your wallet takes a break too: Calendar Countdown.
2. Perpetual summer. - The average temperatures in Belize is in the mid 80′s. Go ahead, live in your swim suit!
3. Say hello to fried jacks. – Belize’s answer to a doughnut. It’s even better with the local jellies. Of course we offer this in our restaurant, La Ceiba.
4. 2 for 1. - See both Sand & Stone: Belize has both Caribbean and Jungle (ahem- Maya ruins!) basically 2 vacations in one! See your Jungle Accommodations here.
5. The Mayan underworld.- See some dark history and explore like Indiana Jones through ancient cave systems. Check out our full list of Excursions.
6. Jaguars? We’ve got a lot.- Belize has the healthiest population of Jaguars. Here kitty, kitty.
7. Reef it up.- Belize has the healthiest barrier reef in the world.
8. Get your cultural fix.- What country has Maya, German decent Mennonites, Garifuna, Mestizo, and Creole all under one roof?
9. Hop, skip and a jump. -Belize is 4 hours from New York, 1 1/2 hrs from Miami, and about 5 hours from LA.
10. Don’t be lost in translation.-Belize is English speaking, so no subtitles needed!
Here at Ka’ana, we love to promote an eco-conscious lifestyle and we encourage you to get inspired to follow suite. Learn about the 8 wonderful products we create in-house using our organic garden and other locally sourced vendors to encourage sustainable living!
1. Interiors, decor and frames
(Examples: our aged metal villa doors, dual mahogany loungers)
(Examples: watermelon, tomatoes, celery, garlic)
(Examples: guava mango, onion, papaya)
(Examples: basil mint, lavender)
(Examples: mango vodka, lemon basil)
(Example: cinnamon honey, basil lemon)
(Example: local fruits!)
8. Green Juice
(All from our garden!)
Breakfast has never looked this good at Ka’ana Resort (Especially served by your private butler!).
We talked to Cara Araneta about her delicious meals while at Ka’ana. Here are picks of some of her favorite dishes!
Cochinita pibil is a traditional slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península. The sweet and savory pork was perfectly seasoned and melted in my mouth! The pineapple chunks added a great balance and a hint of citrus.
Memorial Day Marks The Start Of Summer, So We’d Like To Offer You A Special Promotion: 10% Discount & Breakfast!May 28th, 2012
Memorial Day marks the start of summer, so we’d like to offer you a special promotion: 10% Discount and Breakfast! Book a Balam, Casita or Master Suite and receive 10% Discount with Continental Breakfast – or – a 1- or 2-Bedroom Villa and receive 10% Discount with Full Breakfast!
Meanwhile, enjoy one of our fave popsicles:
Coconut Mango Popsicle
2 Cups Water
1 ¼ Cups Mile – Whole
½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
2 Large Mangos – Ripened
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 15-Oz. Can Coconut Milk – Shaken
1 Vanilla (Bean) – Halved Lengthwise
1 14-Oz. Can Condensed Milk – Sweetened
1 Cup Arborio or Grain (Short) Rice – White
Whisk coconut and whole milks in saucepan. Scrape and stir bean seeds into milk. Stir rice into milk and simmer – medium. Lower heat and cook for 25 minutes, until tender. Whisk condensed milk, salt, vanilla and water into mixture. Peel mangoes; dice into ½-inch cubes and fold into mixture. Transfer into ice-pop molds, insert sticks and freeze 3-4 hours.
1.) Choco Banana – A chocolate-covered Banana Popsicle. Add coconut flakes and nuts!
2.) Sugar Corn Popsicle – Pureed and strained corn kernels with cream, milk, sugar and vanilla – and frozen on a skewer.
3.) Tablata – Freshly-grated coconut, cooked in ginger and sugar and baked. Served in little squares (We like to dip ours in chocolate with nuts!).
4.) Belizean Fudge – “Burnt” condensed milk. Prepared with Peanuts, but varies. Cashew Nuts, Coconut Flakes and Raisins (Our favorite!) are used.
5.) Wangla (Creole) – Sugar candy with lightly toasted Sesame Seeds. [Sesame Seed Brittle/Candy or Jojoli (Spanish).] Similar to Sesame Seed Snaps, but thicker. Pepitas Seeds (Pumpkin or Squash seed.) are used.
2 Oz. Water
8 Oz. Brown Sugar
8 Oz. Sesame Seeds (Toasted)
Mix sugar and water in a saucepan and cook until sugar caramelizes. Lightly toast Sesame Seeds in separate saucepan (Releases natural oils and nutty aroma.). Add Sesame Seeds into caramelized sugar and pour onto a baking dish or sheet tray lined with parchment paper; cool for 15 minutes and cut into desired shapes.